Astros injury updates: Alex Presley to DL, Dexter Fowler close to return?

Bob Levey

Lots of interesting injury notes from Houston on Monday.

The Astros are not only in the midst of a tailspin as a team, just snapping a seven-game losing streak Monday night and going 5-16 in their last 21 games. Now, the injury bug seems to be biting the rest of the roster, as Alex Presley was placed on the disabled list after leaving Monday's game with a back strain. Let's get into all the injury news and notes you can stomach now:

  • Presley was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday morning, with Robbie Grossman called up to replace him. This largely means that George Springer will play center field with L.J. Hoes in right for the forseeable future. Presley strained his oblique in the eighth inning on a swing, which is a similar injury to the one suffered by Anthony Bass and Dexter Fowler earlier this year. Presley had been playing center field since Fowler went on the disabled list.
  • If you're wondering why Grossman was called up, look to the 40-man roster and the rule which limits players from being recalled within 10 days of being sent down to the minors. Robbie Grossman and Domingo Santana are the only two healthy outfielders on Houston's 40-man roster and Santana was sent down Sunday, meaning he needs to spend 10 days in the minors before being recalled. Unless Houston wanted to take someone off the 40-man to add an Austin Wates or Preston Tucker, the only choice was Grossman.
  • There are loopholes built into baseball's rules about this. Even if there's room to recall Santana because of the DL trip, the Astros might not want to call him back up until he has some success at the plate first.
  • Meanwhile, it looks like Dexter Fowler might be back this weekend. Fowler joined the team Monday in Arlington and is eligible to come off the DL this weekend. According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Fowler received a PRP injection into this muscle that appears to be helping. He last appeared in a game on June 26.
  • Onto more bad news, as Jason Castro has been sidelined with a mysterious pain under his left arm. According to this article from Drellich, the Astros aren't sure what the ailment might be, but it could be an irritated lymph node. Castro is getting it treated, but there's no time frame on when he could play again. That leaves Houston with just one catcher on the active roster who's...active, meaning Kíke Hernandez is the emergency catcher with Marc Krauss off the team. The Legend of Kíke continues to grow.
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